Del Crandall

Del Crandall autograph
Birthdate 03/05/1930
Death Date
Debut Year 1949
Year of Induction
Teams Braves, Brewers, Giants, Indians, Mariners, Pirates
Positions Catcher, Manager

When Del Crandall started his first game on June 18, 1949 he became the youngest starting catcher in the history of the Major Leagues.

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Handwritten letter from Milwaukee Brewers manager Del Crandall re: Goose Gossage in 1973

Handwritten letter from Milwaukee Brewers manager Del Crandall re: Goose Gossage in 1973

An 8-time All Star Del Crandall enjoyed a 16-year career as a Major League catcher. He also managed over 800 games. In one of those contests July 17, 1973 Crandall’s Brewers faced off agains the White Sox. Chicago starter Stan Bahnsen surrendered a grand slam to Darrell Porter in the second inning to stake Milwaukee to a 4-0 lead. In the next inning
Document sending Goose to minors after rough outing vs. Del Crandall's Brewers in '73

Document sending Goose to minors after rough outing vs. Del Crandall's Brewers in '73

Still considered a rookie in just his 46th career game Rich “Goose” Gossage got lit up on Monday June 17th, 1973. Brought in to start the third inning after Stan Bahnsen surrendered six runs in the first two frames against the Milwaukee Brewers, Gossage faced seven batters and got only one out. By the time he was mercifully lifted
Bud Selig fired Del Crandall as Brewers manager on 9/27/75; here's Crandall's last Milwaukee  payroll check on the 10/15/75

Bud Selig fired Del Crandall as Brewers manager on 9/27/75; here's Crandall's last Milwaukee payroll check on the 10/15/75

Catcher Del Crandall started his big league playing career with 13 years in Milwaukee.  He became a hero in the city, representing the Braves in 11 All Star teams in in eight different seasons – appearing in two games each in ’59, ’60, and ’62. Crandall left the Braves for San Francisco in 1963; the Braves relocated

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